The artist is the privileged witness of his times: he paints images, be they realistic or imaginary, and understood by all. At the end of the 19th century, the advent of photography overturned that state of being: henceforth, it enabled the precise reproduction of reality and freed the artist from that obligation. He expressed himself differently and painted what he felt deep within himself. The frontiers of aestheticism were overturned: figuration gave way to abstraction.
For the autumn-winter season 2013-2014, the Pinacothèque de Paris gives you an opportunity to discover this singular thematic by means of three visions:
The Brueghel Dynasty Truculent and picturesque witnesses of daily life, the Brueghel family and its artistic entourage (Jérôme Bosch, Joachim Patinir, Cornelis van Cleve) depicted the fairs, country festivities and the seasons. They also transcribed the period's taste for mythological or religious festivals as well as its fauna and flora. Their multicoloured vision, often idealized and always amused, reflects a faith in man and in God typical of the 16th and 17th centuries' mindset. The Brueghel dynasty also illustrates the prosperous development of Antwerp and Flanders at that time.
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